Lucia di Lammermoor
So, what do you get when an Italian composer translates Sir Walter Scott's Gothic novel The Bride of Lammermoor into opera? You get feuding Scottish families singing about their pain and love in beautiful Italian, that's what. Gaetano Donizetti is one of the acknowledged masters of the bel canto style of opera, which means that his Lucia di Lammermoor truly tests and showcases the human voice. The Union Avenue Opera Theatre presents Lucia di Lammermoor in the original Italian at 8 p.m. at the Union Avenue Christian Church (733 North Union Boulevard; 314-361-2881) on Friday and Saturday (July 1 and 2). And yes, Scots speaking Italian may seem tricky to follow, but it's an opera. There's love, there's deception, and there's death. If you lose your way in the plot, just give in to the wonders of the voices and you'll do fine. Tickets are $22 to $50. -- Paul Friswold
You can't get a man with a gun? Ha! Lara Croft, Trinity and Sydney Bristow would tell Annie Oakley to get off her high horse and start wielding that true icon of femininity: her Winchester. See the original sharp-shooting seductress in Annie Get Your Gun at the Muny in Forest Park at 8:15 p.m. nightly starting Monday, July 4, and continuing through July 10. Will Annie win the heart of Frank Butler and stay the star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show? You'll need a ticket ($8 to $58) to find out; call MetroTix (314-534-1111) or the Muny box office (314-361-1900) to make a purchase. For more information visit www.muny.com. -- Amy Helms
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